A Review of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan

Expand and Improve Technology Modernization Fund (TMF)

  1. Hire the right people/contractors to do the right jobs
  2. Prioritize and optimize processes before cloud migration and automation
  3. Apply technology at the right time with redundancy and security built-in
  4. Create services that improve experiences for the American public
  5. Create products that make government become more digital

Surge Cybersecurity Technology and Engineering Expert Hiring

  1. IT is always asked to do more with less. This is also true in government. Sometimes IT is asked to produce cost-savings, however, IT does not and should not operate in a bubble. This means that if you truly want to transform an organiztion then the motivation should not be cost savings only. Motivation should be efficient and effective processes augmented by IT which results in frictionless operations that directly provide value to the American public.
  2. While hiring cybersecurity professionals is a line of defense but it is not the only one. Cybersecurity needs to be a whole of government approach which requires cultural change in different U.S. Federal Government Departments and Agencies. This change requires everyone in these organizations to be vigilant and mechanism to be put in place that not only trains people but unexpectedly tests them too.

Build Shared, Secure Services to Drive Transformation Projects

  1. We have to make sure that different U.S. Federal Government Department and Agencies see TTS as not the last resort but the first option to consider.
  2. While TTS’ solutions in Data and Analytics, Innovation, Public Experience, Secure Cloud, Smarter IT, Cloud.gov, Login.gov and other Free and Low-Cost Tools are great but they are not enough. I think TTS should expand its mandate to become a “connector” between different agencies so that redundancies can be reduced and lessons learned can be shared.

Improving Security Monitoring and Incident Response Activities

  1. Determine the number of legacy systems government-wide
  2. Determine how often those legacy systems are updated/patched
  3. Determine if those legacy systems are too big to fail
  4. Determine what (budget, expertise, time) is missing to replace legacy systems
  5. Determine what data is fed/received from those legacy systems

Other Areas Where IT can Help

  1. For a national vaccination program, contain COVID-19, and safely reopen schools:
  • Create a system that automatically pulls data from the COVID-19 tracking systems of States, Localities, Tribes and Territories. Use this data to determine which areas have the fastest rates of spread and then deploy/create vaccination centers in those areas first. Encourage States, Localities, Tribes and Territories to share thier mitigation steps and result in this portal as well so that lessons can be learned. Make this system publically available.
  • Create a system that tracks what tests have been done, what tests needs to be done, frequency of tests required and what States, Localities, Tribes and Territories did after tests were administered.
  • Create a system that pulls in contact tracing data from all States, Localities, Tribes and Territories. Use this data to determine movement of the virus across jurisdictions.
  • Create a system that tracks what communities are underserved.
  • Create a system that tracks supplies, usage, disposal and waste.
  • Create a system that automatically tracks virus data from other countries, it spread rate and any mitigatrion strategies that proved helpful in reducing infections.
  • Create a system that takes into account the cost of living for government assistance so that States, Localities, Tribes and Territories support can effetively be augmented by the U.S. Federal Government.
  • Create a system that tracks assistance of healthy nutrition options in relation to health issues in that community.
  • Create a system that tracks which organizations do not provide paid sick leave to their employees.
  • Create a system that tracks which organizations do not give $15/hour to thier employees.
  • Create a system that tracks which organizations do not provide back hazard pay to their employees.
  • Create a system that provides seed funding to individuals especially people of color to easily start businesses.
  • Create a system that incentivizes and tracks States, Localities, Tribes and Territories public transit efforts.

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